I wanted to try something different, this week, so I just started to write out bullet points that I noticed throughout Sunday afternoon. Here it goes.
- I thought I was having a terrible flashback when I saw Peyton Manning throw a swing pass to number 21, Andre Goodman... but then I realized it was Ronnie Hillman. Thank goodness.
- How about our tight ends, folks? Jacob Tamme catches a tightly contested ball over the middle on 4th and 1 and then on the next play, Joel Dreesen catches a touchdown pass up the seam with a diving effort, as he is blasted by a safety. Excellent hands by both offseason acquisitions.
- That was the Broncos first first quarter touchdown of the season. Finally...
- Play calling has improved 1000% since last week.
- Nevermind, I take that back as the Broncos try a fake field goal and fail miserably. Matt Prater probably shouldn't be throwing the ball.
- Even though the Broncos lead at halftime, I was left with an empty feeling in my stomach, like we threw the Raiders a life jacket as sharks started to smell blood in the water. Everything after the Demaryius Thomas fumble has just been sickening.
- JD Walton's injury looked really nasty on TV. It had shades of Chris Kuper's injury a few months ago.
- Excellent "blocked punt" by David Bruton. We've seen that from him, before...
- As bad as that fumble was, Demaryius Thomas had a great game. Forget the stats. Look at his blocking. He sprung Brandon Stokley for that early first down. He sprung Eric Decker for a TD with his knockout block down the sidelines. His blocking is outstanding. This guy plays wide receiver when it's a passing play and when it's a running play. It's really fun to watch.
- The Broncos just dominated in the second half. There's no two ways about it. Precision passing, solid defense on 3rd downs, and some special teams dominance led to a huge Broncos victory.
- I almost feel sorry for Carson Palmer. That guy is going to wake up on Monday morning an extremely sore person...
- I think it's safe to say that Knowshon Moreno's time in Denver is about to run out. Ronnie Hillman showed some incredible speed and change of direction, something that the Broncos had hoped Knowshon could bring to this offense. I think the Broncos are fairly happy with their rotation of Willis McGahee, Ronnie Hillman and Lance Ball.
Mile High Salute count: 2 - Willis McGahee and Lance Ball
- I was really hoping that Ronnie Hillman could get into the endzone so he could put up a Mile High Salute, as well. Could you imagine all the wonderful GIFs and montages we could create with all three Bronco runningbacks putting up a Mile High Salute? It's easy if you try...
- There's still a missing person alert out for Britton Colquitt. The Broncos didn't punt a single time... if you see Britton Colquitt, anywhere, please contact Broncos headquarters. They're probably looking for him.
- Tom Brady has more rushing touchdowns than Chris Johnson in 2012.
- I gave Tim Tebow a share of the blame as he laid up Dedrick Epps with a high ball over the middle and was quickly lambasted on twitter. I don't understand it. If any other quarterback throws high over the middle and his receiver gets injured, they are given a stern "don't do that again" look. Is this guy without flaw?
- I still think Tebow would be a better start than Mark Sanchez
- Calvin Johnson was also left out to dry by Matthew Stafford with about 12 minutes left in the 4th quarter. He ran a quick slant from the left side and the ball sailed over his head. He raised his arms to attempt the catch and caught a face full of Chad Greenway. The Vikings were penalized and Megatron went to the sidelines under his own power, but didn't return to the game until the following Detroit drive.
- The Chiefs are a total failure. I'll bet a shiny penny that Jamaal Charles spilled his coffee this morning and Matt Cassel overthrew his wife and had his keys picked off by the air conditioning vent on the floor. The Chiefs had 6 turnovers against the Chargers. I didn't even think that was possible. I always thought that you just get mercy ruled after five turnovers.... I guess I was wrong.
- I was impressed with Greg Zeurlein. He went 4 for 4, including a 60 yard field goal and a 58 yard field goal (as well as a 48 yarder and 24 yarder) against the Seahawks. He scored more points than any other Ram, which means he deserves a shout out. Oh yeah... and the fact that he's the first kicker in NFL history to kick 2 field goals of at least 58 yards in the same game. Kickers are people, too.
- Now that I'm thinking about it... what about those Rams? They score 0 offensive points. All 19 points came from their special teams.
- I found it kind of funny that Michael Turner caught that short Matt Ryan pass and turned it into a 60 yard touchdown. For all the analysts out there who said that he's losing a step and will soon be replaced by Jacquizz Rodgers, this was Turner's way of saying "not so fast". I love it when players do things that people say they can't do. Keep on running, Michael Turner.
- That 60 yard touchdown was Michael Turner's first receiving touchdown in his entire 9 year NFL career.
- Cam Newton came to play against the Falcons. No pouting on the sidelines, this week. Too bad the Panthers defense didn't answer the bell.
- What a difference an hour makes. I was marveling with Colby Mueller about how interesting it would be to have the Broncos play the Patriots with New England on a 2 game losing streak. The Patriots were losing 7-21 at 2:50 pm EDT. At 3:50 EDT, the Patriots were up 42-21. Tom Brady can turn it on in an instant.
- I cannot believe the Falcons started a drive at their own 1 yard line with less than a minute left and kicked a game winning field goal. What a team... still undefeated.
- I cannot believe the Cardinals allowed Brian Hartline to get 245 yards receiving, 1 touchdown and still win the game. What a team... still undefeated.
- I cannot believe that the Texans... well, yeah, I can. The Titans didn't really put up much of a fight. Still, though... the Texans won the game. What a team... still undefeated.